Discounts apply when you stay 2 or more nights!
The Inle Sanctuary at Phayartaung
Welcome to the Sanctuary at Phayartaung
For anyone seeking peace and natural beauty, Inle Sanctuary, Phayartaung offers one of the most breathtaking locations in Myanmar. Our six luxury stilt houses, built on a pier jutting out into the middle of Inle’s three lakes have unrivalled views of the water and surrounding hills.
We are a sustainable ecolodge located by Sakar (or Samka) Lake, an unexplored lake south of Inle Lake. We are 100% solar powered, source all our food locally, and support development in Phayartaung village, our neighbours.
Inle Sanctuary is three and half hours by boat from Nyaung Shwe (two hours by car ) and can also be reached from Loikaw (one hour by car, then one hour by boat). Its location off the beaten track means you will be guaranteed a peaceful stay in unspoiled natural surroundings.
Each of the lodges has been built to the highest standards using traditional and locally sourced materials such as hardwood and bamboo. Guests can look out over the lake through large picture windows or from loungers on the outside deck. With the lotus filled lake beneath your feet, it is the perfect place to enjoy the scenery at any time of the day. The sunrises and sunsets are stunning and at night the deck is the perfect place to view the stars.
Our Double Rooms
Each lodge is fitted with craftsman built furniture and spacious shower rooms with windows overlooking the lake. Free wifi is provided. The onsite restaurant and bar command fine views over the water.
Our Twin Rooms
We specialise in traditional foods from the area, and only use the freshest, locally sourced ingredients
We create a special menu daily, based on what our chef can source locally.
Pumpkin, bean and ginger soup, meat or vegetable curries, freshly sautéed vegetables, cucumber salad and fish (freshly caught from the lake in the morning) are among our specialties.
Each day we have a special set menu.
Dinner at The Inle Sanctuary
Traditional stuffed Inle Lake fish, potato salad, sauteed fresh vegetables.
We can prepare for all dietary requirements, take you to the local market, and share our recipes.
Unwind after a day's exploration with a drink from our well stocked bar.
Why not try one of our local wines from the Red Mountain or Athaya Estates?
Guests can explore the local village, trek to the hot springs and waterfalls, peek into dramatic caves or walk through the surrounding countryside where you can meet villagers from the different ethnic groups who live in the area. You can also try your hand at fishing from our own traditional canoes!
Explore the local area
Use Phayartaung as a base to explore the lakes south of Inle. Some options include Naung Bo Village, a pottery village just north of the hotel which have their own unique style. Sakar Village (Little old administrative town) is a small and charming little village which is known for its ancient religious buildings. The charm of the village is the setting and scattering of the households amidst ruined stupas.
Yay Pu Village (hot spring) is a nearby Pa-O village with hot natural springs. There's a short trek to visit to the foot print of the Lord Buddha through a very nice natural forest, with great views over the lake.
Kan Daw Village also water spring in that village and caves in that surrounding area.
Perhaps best of all is just experiencing local life and exploring the local villages by foot or by boat.
Experience the 5 Day Market
One of Inle Region's most popular and picturesque sights is its famous five-day market, so-called as it migrates from one rustic lakeside village to another on a five-day rota system. Local Shan and Intha people, as well as numerous Pa-O villagers from the surrounding hills, converge to sell their wares and produce. Phayartaung Village also hosts one of these five-day markets.
The market is right beside the lodge, less than one minute's walk!
Phayartaung is a small very rural market and fishing village that holds one of the region's famous 5 day markets. It is home to a very special monastic school where many children from surrounding villages come to learn.
Our village and Sakar Lake is as yet untouched by tourism development, but is a beautiful 3.5 hour boat ride from bustling Nyaungshwe Town. You can connect to Loikaw in Kayah State to explore this amazing country.
About Us & What We Do
The Inle Sanctuary is a community supported business providing jobs for local people. Part of the income goes to the local Phayartaung monastery where monks look after over a thousand children. Guests are welcome to visit the monastery and home and, if they wish, help with teaching and other jobs.
Your Host, Aung Min
Hi! I'm Aung Min, your host at the Inle Sanctuary. I'm from the Pa-O ethnic group, one of the many from this region. I'm looking forward to welcoming you to discover this unexplored and beautiful corner of Shan State.
I believe in supporting local communities and sharing the benefits of tourism. In addition to employing all staff from Phayartaung Village, we donate 10% of our income to the monastic school in the village.
Stay Longer, Pay Less!
At Inle Sanctuary Phayartaung, we recommend our guests to stay 2 or 3 nights minimum to be able to fully enjoy what Sakar Lake and its pristine surroundings have to offer.
1 night stay: $125
2 night stay: $115
3 night stay (and more): $105
Extra Bed: $30 (only one per room available upon request)
You can reach us either via Inle Lake from the north, or Loikaw in Kayah State from the South. You can either organise yourself, or get in contact with us and we'll arrange for you.
From Nyaungshwe (Inle Lake)
We are located about 3.5 hours by boat from Nyaungshwe Town (which is the main access town for Inle Lake, about 45 minute's taxi ride from Heho Airport). From Nyaungshwe Boat Jetty you can hire a boat to our hotel directly "Phayartaung Sakar Lake". The boat journey passes through bustling Inle Lake, down through the channel that links Inle and Sakar Lakes. It is a beautiful journey that passes numerous villages that see few tourists.
From Loikaw (Kayah State)
We are about 2 hours from Loikaw Airport. Take a car from the Airport or Town to "Pekon Jetty", it's about 1 hour. Then take a boat to "Phayartaung".